Business Value Cloud Native Applications
“We said last year that the rising digital economy means all enterprises must operate like ‘digital native’ enterprises, rearchitecting their operations around large-scale digital innovation networks and becoming, in effect, a new corporate species” said Frank Gens, Senior Vice President and Chief Analyst at IDC.
Businesses must adopt an organization-wide digital platform strategy for competing in the digital economy. The cloud is vital and important for all companies to build this strategy. The cloud is helping organizations connect people, data, and processes in new ways to embrace the possibilities enabled by modern technologies. The cloud provides organizations to shift towards hyper-agile applications build on cloud platforms (PaaS), using microservices and cloud functions to create new value for customers. They build cloud-native applications to support their digital transformation strategy.
What Does Cloud-native Mean?
You could have a few VMs and databases in the cloud and call it a cloud migration.
Cloud-native includes many more aspects:
• Infrastructure services
• Automation / Orchestration
• Microservice Architecture
Today, it is not enough to rehost your aging applications in the cloud – often called “lift and shift.” Cloud-native means your app is built using modern cloud technologies and is hosted and managed in the cloud. It includes writing code, testing, and deploying it, and operating those applications, all in the cloud.
Benefits of Cloud-Native Applications
1. Time to market has become the key differentiator. The faster an organization can conceive, build, and ship more value to its customers, the more likely it is to succeed and avoid disruption in today’s rapidly changing world. When building cloud-native applications, the software delivery pipeline has undergone a transformation that has made it faster and more predictable.
2. Today, there is a keen focus on liberating enterprise data by building engaging customer and employee experiences. API-based integration is an effective way to connect mammoth-sized enterprise data stores with nimble front-end apps. Companies need to prioritize this in the world where their traditional business models are being threatened and disrupted by smaller, more agile startups. Cloud-native applications allow you to improve your customer experiences.
3. Cloud-native also has many options to make infrastructure management effortless. Containers make it easy to manage and secure applications independently of the infrastructure that supports them. Cloud-native applications fully benefit from containerization, driving down costs.
4. Downtime used to be accepted as usual, and achieving fault tolerance was hard and expensive. With modern cloud-native approaches like microservices architecture, when failures happen, you can quickly isolate the impact of the incident, so it doesn’t take down the entire application. Cloud-native applications help you achieve higher uptime and thus further improve the user experience.
5. Gone are the days when legacy vendors issued three-year locked-in licensing for proprietary hardware and. With the proliferation of open source and cloud technologies, hybrid- and multi-cloud are becoming the norm.
There’s never been a better time to realize the cloud’s full potential by building your applications as cloud-native. You’ll want to choose a partner that truly gets cloud-native computing and can help you define and execute your strategy. With Debreuck Neirynck, we have a combination of expertise in technical know-how and design thinking to help you make a cloud strategy successful within your organization.
Interested in the possibilities? Let’s talk!